One of our favorite ways to welcome out-of-towners to an event is to have a nice gift waiting for them in their hotel room. This week we put together some good ideas for your very own Boston welcome bags.
Photo credits, Clockwise from top right: Flour Bakery Granola bars from here; Bruins bottle from here; Boston Cookies from here; Charlie Card from here; Map from here; Pretty things beer from here; Boston Common Coffee Company (cropped) from here; Tote from here.
First and foremost – the bag. We featured the graphic from One Heart Boston on the pictured tote last week. All proceeds from sales of merchandise go to One Fund Boston, benefiting the folks most impacted by last week’s attack. We love the design of it as well. Unfortunately it’s currently sold out. Crossing my fingers that they restock!
The contents of this particular tote are meant to encourage folks to pack up and head out and explore the city. We included a laminated map we found at Barnes & Noble, a pre-loaded Charlie Card (Boston’s subway pass available through the MBTA), and a Boston-themed water bottle (Go B’s!). This one’s from Target, but you could also consider creating your own customized water bottle with your event logo or your monogram at Sigg’s bottle design page on CafePress.
What would a city adventure be without snacks? And caffeine to fuel the day? For the coffee, we went with Boston Common Coffee Company, which gets rave reviews from some of our favorite locals. You can either encourage people to go out to one of their three locations (Downtown Crossing, Financial District and the North End) by including a coffee card, or you can include a bag of ground coffee for them to brew in their hotel room. We’ve also included some Boston Cookies (Laurie’s favorite, and also vegan!), and some homemade granola bars from Flour Bakery.
And nothing is much better after a day of sight seeing than a bottle ofPretty Things beer. The bombers are big enough to serve two, and the beer is brewed by MA’s very own gypsy brewing company (they’re based in Somerville, but rent breweries around the area to create their fine product). Not to mention, it’s pretty delicious and something that is hard to find outside of the state.
We hope this gave you some good ideas! Are you putting together a welcome bag for your event guests? Tell us about it in a comment! Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Happy Friday, everyone! The ladies of Favorite Day have been on the road, which means that we’ve been slacking a bit in the content area. While you wait for our triumphant return you may want to check out our Pinterest boards for inspiration. We love Pinterest, and even when we’re away we do often find time to pin some pretty fabulous things. Check out a few of our most recent finds.
1. Rent an ice cream food truck for a wedding? Yes please, with a cherry on top!
Ombré (pronounced ohm-bray, or ohm-brah if you want to talk in a fancy french accent) is a trend that I’ve been seeing everywhere lately. What is ombré exactly? Basically, it’s just a gradual change in color. If you want to get all technical, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ombré as: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.
This theme is great if you are drawn to a particular color but can’t quite nail down a shade. With ombré you don’t have to choose, and since the colors are from the same family, there’s no need to worry about clashing. My inspiration for this board came from the pic of the lovely bridesmaids in the upper left corner. I’m not quite sure how they ended up as picture 4. Poor planning on my part, I guess. Regardless, the various shades of blue add depth and visual interest, while still coordinating beautifully.
1. Cake from Bobbette & Belle 2. Statement necklace from Etsy 3. Blue bottles pic found here 4. Blue bridesmaids pic found here 5. Ombré escorts found here 6. Custom invitations from Etsy 7. Pinwheel bouquet from Etsy
The fabulous thing about ombré is that it can be done with any color, so the possibilities are limitless. Are you looking for inspiration? Head on over to the paint department in your local home improvement store and snag a few free paint sample cards. You could even hand sample cards out to your bridesmaids to make their lives a bit easier when it comes to dress color selection.
One of my favorite flower trends is adding succulents into your arrangements. You can work them into classic and rustic looks. They are surprisingly versatile and I assume they last longer than other more sensitive flowers.
I’m not a huge fan of your generic rose. Don’t get me wrong, they definitely have their place (Valentine’s Day perhaps?). These roses are far from generic and are mostly English and Garden roses, but I love how they are tightly wound blooms. They just seem more exotic. They can be used paired with (or in place of) ranunculus and peonies and have longer growing seasons, so may be more readily available. And they’re lovely.
Clockwise from top left: Fabric flowers from here, feathers from here, paper from here, and brooches from here.
I love love love the idea of using something that’s not only going to last you a long time, but perhaps forever? If you’re really sentimental, you can keep it with all of your bridal stuff and pass it along to your kids. I’m a fan of them, however, because you can make them WELL IN ADVANCE! They are beautiful, and if you plan on DIYing your flowers, you can practice and practice without panicking. Win win!
Hello friends! Let’s chat about jewelry. Brides have been stacking on the statement jewelry pieces for forever. I remember when I got married how important my jewelry seemed. I took my time and found the perfect pieces. For my bridesmaids? I wanted to make sure everyone was happy, so I got them some unassuming, non-threatening earrings. They were lovely, but admittedly, they get lost in the photos. This is all well and good, but more and more I see bridesmaids all wearing statement jewelry and I think this is a great trend! I decided to take a crack at putting together some statement jewelry/bridesmaids dress pairings for you and give you some little tips along the way.
Necklace from Jeweliq, Dress by Donna Morgan, photo from here.
When you are bringing a big chunky necklace to the party, make sure the dress can handle it. You don’t want things to look too busy with beads and straps everywhere (or maybe you do – that’s fine too). I think statement necklaces work best, however, when you’re working with a strapless or more open-necked dress style.
Keep in mind that statement pieces work best as a solo act. Pairing big earrings with a diesel necklace is going to make everything look overdone. Not to mention it’s gonna be heavy. Poor bridesmaids.
I have personally ordered jewelry from Jeweliq.com, and loved it. Their pieces are really reasonably priced and they offer free shipping. Sarah has used Lulus.com and has gotten some great pieces from them. J Crew also has some great statement pieces.
Also, don’t be afraid to try big cuff bracelets and headwear!
Are your bridesmaids wearing statement jewelry? Let us know in the comments (and send us some pictures)!